Tuesday marked a strange day for thrash titans Megadeth who saw not one, but two long time members depart the band. Early in the day, drummer Shawn Drover, who had been with the band for 10 years, four studio albums, and several live offerings, announced his departure from the band in a brief statement:
“After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the amazing Megadeth fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you.
“Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey.”
Later on the same evening, November 25, guitarist Chris Broderick followed suit announcing his own departure, with similar brevity and some “between the lines” insight:
“Due to artistic and musical differences, it is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction.
“I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me as a member of MEGADETH for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on.
“I wish Dave [Mustaine] and everyone in Megadeth all the best.
“I am working on a few things of my own and hope that when they come out, you will all dig it.”
Broderick joined Megadeth in late 2007 and appears on the band’s most recent three studio efforts; Endgame (2009), TH1RT3EN (2011) and Super Collider (2013).
Along with founder/vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine, and long-time bassist Dave Ellefson, the quartet has been considered by many to be the band’s strongest line-up. There are those however, who hark back to the band’s legendary Rust in Peace line-up which featured guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza. Mustaine has voiced in various interviews that he remains in contact with both, and with the 25th anniversary of Rust in Peace coming up next year, fans are already buzzing about the possibility of a reunion line-up for the tour.
Given Mustaine’s enigmatic personality it is very possible he might have driven Drover and Broderick from the band for this very reason, even if it was subconcious on his part. Or it could simply be coincidental timing. It is hard to read Mustaine, but a Rust in Peace reunion would be a spectacular thing for fans.
Megadeth released Rust in Peace in 1990, and it is viewed by a majority of fans as the band’s seminal work. Are we starting rumors here? Wishful thinking? Or is this a real possibility? We are going with the latter, and keeping our optimistic hopes alive!
The band was slated to enter the studio in January 2015 to begin recording its 15th studio album.